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In October, in the small village of Meille, directly downriver from the Nepalese base, people started dying; many within hours of becoming ill, and all with an unknown intestinal illness. The first confirmed cholera case was a young man from the same village who became ill on October 14th, 2010; the Artibonite River is the region's primary source of water.

As the International Community (IC); 12,000 UN Troops; 12,000 Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs); the weak Haiti Government; and the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) led by Bill Clinton and Haiti's prime minister Max Bellerive stand by, thousands of Haitians are dying from a disease that is both easily prevented and easily treated.

The Haitian Government, already weak from decades of International interference, was devastated by Haiti's January 12, 2010 catastrophic earthquake and is not able to provide even basic provisions for Haitians. Instead Haitians are dependent on NGOs and foreign aid. Neither is accountable to the Haitian Government or the people.

In a December 20th candid interview Brazilian diplomat Ricardo Seitenfus said There exists a maleficent or perverse relationship between the NGOs’ strength and the Haitian state’s weakness. Ricardo Seitenfus did a great service in speaking out. Unfortunately he is now former diplomat; the Organization of American States fired him as its representative in Haiti.

The UN's Peacekeeping force in Haiti, called the UN Mission to Stabilize Haiti (MINUSTAH), is ostensibly there to provide security. Yet as women and children are raped and victimized at alarming rates, crime runs rampant in IDP camps. Greedy landowners use violence and intimidation to illegally evict Haitians from the homeless camps the 12,000 MINUSTAH troops stand idly by and crime goes unaccounted for, unchecked and women remain unprotected.

It is an appalling lack of accountability; for the powerful, anything goes when dealing with Haiti's poor. Garaudy Laguerre (one of the many 2010 Presidential candidates) expressed the lack of accountability well,"Too often, Haitians die without reasons and without consequences. This time, there will be consequences." Unfortunately not likely.

All available evidence points to the UN Nepalese troops as the source of cholera in Haiti. MINUSTAH Officials continue to deny it and the International press obediently broadcasts the propaganda. And they are, yet again, getting away with it. How did cholera, a disease that has been absent from Haiti for decades, get to Haiti? Why, with the billions donated, is so little being done?

US and IC policy are directly responsible for cholera reemergence in Haiti: in 2000 the US blocked IBD loans to Haiti that were designated to upgrade Haiti's water system: in 2004 the US, after removing Aristide from office, closed, looted and then occupied the teaching hospital that Aristide began; and there is the unmet pledges and the unspent aid money. US and IC priorities become clear when they respond to the cholera epidemic by insisting the sham elections elections go on regardless of its effects on containing the epidemic, and instead of giving IDP residents jobs, clean water, safety, and millions in aid, money is given out in contracts for sweatshops and "security."  

This is the tragic story of cholera in Haiti. The country was already suffering from the failed recovery effort, and in the middle of hurricane season with 1.3 million Haitians still living in Internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. If we look at the responses by (Not all NGOs, but the majority of them and not all aid workers but...) NGOs, the IC, the US and Haiti's tiny class of elite, we can glimpse into some of the struggles of the country's poor.

The response to Haiti's soaring cholera epidemic by NGOs, the IC, the US, Haiti's tiny class of elite and the International Press is indicative how the "humanitarian aid system" generally works in Haiti. A close examination of the response may allow us a glimpse into the lives of those who depend on this system.

Cholera in Haiti is the bitter consequences of US and IC greed and unfettered capitalism in Haiti. Both the well meaning and opportunists contribute to the oppression, exploitation and degradation of Haitians; these are some of the major insults:

As it unfolds we witness the devastating effects US and IC policies have in Haiti.  This is my attempt at a timeline of the cholera epidemic.

Cholera thousands dead hundreds of thousands ill: As of January 28th 4000 deaths and 250,000 infected by a disease that had been absent from Haiti for decades.

 

Setting the Stage for Disaster

2000

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  • In 2000 the US  Illegally for Political Reasons Blocked Aid Money that was Designated to Upgrade Haiti's  Water System in the Infected Area in Artibonite St. Marc  Region!

as the story unraveled:

Cholera is an extremely virulent water-born disease. It is spread by faeces tainted water or contaminated food and is prevented with clean (treated or potable) water.

Cholera in Haiti is a clear and direct example of the devastating effects of US policy.

Joia Mukherjee, Chief Medical Officer PIH, broke the story, In 2000, a set of loans from the Inter American Development Bank to the government of Haiti for water, sanitation and health were blocked for political reasons. Oct 22, 2010

On Democracy Now Dr. Even Lyon said that there is a direct line from the US blocking the loan, to cholera ending up in Haiti now.
PIH: US blocked humanitarian AID that was designated to upgrade water system in the Artibonite St. Marc ! In 2000, a set of loans from the Inter American Development Bank to the government of Haiti for water, sanitation and health were blocked for political reasons. The city of St. Marc (population 220,000) and region of the lower Artibonite (population 600,000) were among the areas slated for upgrading of the public water supply.


DR. EVAN LYON: The Inter-American Development Bank recognized that water systems were vulnerable in 1997, approved loans around $54 million in 1998 to come to Haiti to improve water systems, recognizing how important this is to maintaining public health. In 2000, 2001, based on political considerations, trying to pressure the Haitian government to proceed with some electoral changes, the US Treasury Department, which has a majority voting stake in the IDB, pressured the IDB to slow down loan disbursement....

So we have a direct line: showing a recognition that water systems are vulnerable, the need for loans to come out to repair these life-saving infrastructures, and then a slowdown, a decade-long slowdown, which has a tremendous effect on the population at large. And now, in this period after the earthquake, when people are moving out of the city into the countryside, where health resources are scattered and less available, it has made the population vulnerable. And I think it’s reasonable to draw a straight line from these loans being slowed down and cut off to the epidemic that emerged a week ago.

Brian Concannon Founder and Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti IJDH in an interview with Daily Kos Haiti Diary agreed I agree with Evan's comments about the historical context.

Setting the Stage for Disaster Ⅱ
2004

The Undermining of Haitian Health Care:The closing of the medical school

Cholera is especially dangerous because of its short duration. It often kills within hours of first symptoms. It is easily treated with rehydration and antibiotics but many people don't get help on time.

It is deadly because of lack of accessible health care. From October 14, 2010 to January 28, 2011, 4000 thousand Haitians have died and this is the story of US-Haiti policy.

The US sent Marines to Haiti in the middle of the night and "escorted" Aristide out of Haiti under the threat of mass blood shed in Port-au-Prince. The US then went about reversing the progress Aristide made, including--his pride and joy--the teaching hospital he started. US Marines closed, looted and then set up barracks there; and, along with MINUSTAH, occupied the space, until recently.

Thousand of Haitians are now dying from an easily treated disease because of lack of accessible health care.

Cholera in Haiti is a clear example of the devastating effects of US policy and unchecked capitalism where greed is the sole motivation and Haitian lives are inconsequential.

... on the evening of February 28, 2004, Aristide was overthrown and forcibly removed to the Central African Republic in an internationally organized coup d’état. Less than one month after its opening, the hospital and the university complex of which it was a part, were closed down at gunpoint and occupied by U.S. Marines and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). The 247 new medical students watched as their classrooms were turned into barracks, their instructors forced to flee from political persecution (due to threats on his life, Dr. Polynice fled to Europe), and much of their material and equipment pillaged to service the capital's private medical clinics.

Setting The Stage For Disaster: The Maintenance of the status quo is kills Ⅲ

January 2010-Current

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  • Red Cross Delivers Untreated, Non-potable Water to IDP Camps!!

Haiti cholera death toll passes 250

Amid news of cholera hitting Port-au-Prince Haiti's Capital,October 23rd Al Jazeera interviewed the American Red Cross', Country Director, who admits the water he delivers to Haiti's IDP camps is non-drinkable. He says the Red Cross tells people to boil it, while acknowledging that people in IDP camps lack the fuel and equipment to boil it. The Red Cross Director said they deliver untreated, non-potable water because it is very hard to deliver safe drinkable water.

Red Cross raised hundreds of millions supposedly to help Haitians; Red Cross, as well as other NGOs, were completely unprepared for cholera and the pending hurricane season.

As co-Chair of IHRC Bill Clinton has the power to redistribute land.

In the months after the January 12 earthquake, the Haitian parliament voted to cede power to the Interim Commission to Reconstruct Haiti (IHRC), comprised of foreign bankers and governments along with 13 members of Haiti’s elite. The IHRC has the right to seize land and redistribute it, and can do so without any prior consultation with Haitian Civil Society or impacted communities.
However, the job was given to arich landowner, who used the position to enrich himself.

Unspent Money Disease Outbreak in Haiti, Possibly Just Beginning, as Money Goes Unspent and Shelters Remain Unbuilt 10-21-10

October 4th US urged to stop Haiti rice subsidies. Clinton's admission he was wrong means nothign as the US continues the policy and his Commission pushes the same neoliberal policies in Haiti (Wesleyan Professor Alex Dupuy: Haiti Transformed into the "Republic of the NGOs" )

There is much more...

Cholera's journey to Haiti

A disease was expected to ravage the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps where 1.5 million Haitians remained homeless 9 months after the January 12th earthquake, one of the worst natural disasters in History and the camp conditions are squalid. Many of the camps run by various NGOs do not provide treated water which is negligent considering the millions of dollars collected that remained in the NGOs bank; they were supposedly saving it for longterm project. Why didn't they spend the money on the IDP camps? Many of the camps do not have toilets. The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) found lack of sanitation and water in IDP Camps; 44% of the families in camps surveyed primarily drank untreated water.  

Facing an onslaught of reports (there are new reports with no better news) slamming the recovery effort: “We’ve Been Forgotten”: Conditions in Haiti’s Displacement Camps Eight Months After the Earthquake (IJDH); Unstable Foundations: Impact of NGOs on Human Rights for Port-au-Prince’s Internally Displaced People (Mark Schuller); “We Became Garbage to Them” Inaction and Complicity in IDP Expulsions — A Call to Action to the U.S. Government (International Action Ties); The Total Failure of Global Aid in Haiti Report by Refugee International:

Aid donors were forced to tout a rather underwhelming achievementthe absence of water-borne diseases like typhoid, diphtheria and cholera—as evidence of progress;

Fittingly the USAID issued a fact sheet on October 15th that claimed that Humanitarian aid had met the water requirement for earthquake survivors.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's response to the criticism was even worse. September 21, 2010:  Hillary Scolds Displaced Haitians and Other Whiners for Being 'Impatient' and 'Unrealistic'9/21/10 this is unbelievable

Especially when weeks later....

In October, in the small village of Meille, directly downriver from the Nepalese base people started dying...Haitians were terrified as they watched friends and loved ones suddenly become ill and die within hours of onset.

Word of unknown illness and people dying spread

On October 20th Haitian radio reported mysterious deaths in the Northern Artibonite area from an unknown disease tests underway.

However the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considered cholera extremely unlikely due to the absence of the bacteria in Haiti. October 21st Haitian Health Minister called it an imported disease and Haitian politicians including Preval agreed.

Haiti Epidemic Advisory System SitRep: 21 OCTOBER Updated 1246 GMT, 21 OCTOBER 2010 NOTE: The Advisory System has been reactivated now to support the current cholera epidemic. Jerry Chandler

October 21, 2010 Cholera Confirmed

PORT-AU-PRINCE — An outbreak of cholera was to blame for dozens of deaths in Haiti in recent days, a health official said Thursday. . . .
Health officials said earlier that at least 50 people had died from acute diarrhea and hundreds were being treated in local hospitals as laboratory tests were carried out to determine the cause of the illness. . . .
"According to the results of the analysis carried out in the laboratory it is cholera," Surena confirmed to AFP of the outbreak in Saint Marc, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of the capital.
Cholera in Haiti - we are looking at a catastrophe

On October 21st, when cholera was confirmed, questions arouse.
The disease was absent from Haiti for decades and it didn't start in the squalid tent camps where disease was expected (although cholera was said to be unlikely even there considering absence of the bacteria from Haiti). On October 21st Haitian Health Minister called it an imported disease and Haitian politicians including Preval agreed.

Fear grew as reports of the illness being Cholera spread
tidocchandler: an "outbreak" of diarrheal disease thought to have killed approximately 40 individuals and caused "genuine panic".

Diarrheal Disease in Artibonite

We have been tracking both Twitter and French media reports of an "outbreak" of diarrheal disease thought to have killed approximately 40 individuals and caused "genuine panic". This is the official comment from PAHO:
(bold added)

MINUSTAH,Cholera and the small Village of Meille

The Nepalese base is located in the village of Meille, just outside the town of Mirebalias on the Artibonite's riverside. The river is the primary source of water for the region. Al Jazeera interviews resident This water behind me, we drink it, points to Artibonite River, we wash our clothes with it, we cook with it; our water safety situation here is a catastrophe," Renel Consonde, a resident, said. So, of course residents complained when sewage from the Nepalese latrines spurted out of broken pipes and flowed into their river. They complained of the horrible stench coming from the base. The Mayor of Mirebalias contacted UN Officials and tried to get something done about the UN base's horrendous sanitation. The UN never responded. They were ignored. Days later the residents started dying.
AP Mayor of Mirebabais: Lochard, the mayor, said he had told Nepalese officers not to place the landfill sites in that location but never received feedback from peacekeeping headquarters in Port-au-Prince.

Map of Cholera outbreak and water installation.

The UN's response or lack thereof to Haitian Officials from the Ministry of Health to Preval himself position cholera was imported to Haiti is telling in terms of who has the power in Haiti.

Haitians called paranoid and foreigners accused of playing the blame game When they asked questions. The International media parroted MINUSTAH talking points. why weren't Haitians' allegations taken seriously?

October 24, 2010 Port-au-Prince Fears the Worst As Cholera Spreads in Haiti

“It’s killing people – of course, I’m scared. We’re in the mouth of death,” 25-year-old Boudou Lunis, one of 1.3 million made homeless by the quake living in temporary settlements, told the Miami Herald.
As the news of the deaths spread, Haitians' reports about the Nepalese troops appalling sanitation issues and their suspicion that the troops brought the disease to Haiti were ignored by UN Officials and mocked as superstitious by the International Press. Not once was there an article in the mainstream media (MSM) that considered how terrifying it would be if members of your family and community started dying.  How infuriating it would be if UN troops came to their neighborhood, allowed their sewage to run into the local reservoir.

When asked why he refused to investigate Haitians claims about the Nepalese troops UN envoy Edmond MuletUN envoy Edmond Mulet  "It was such a minor thing, like we have every day," Mulet said. "We didn't know this was going to be an epidemic."

  • October 28th Haitian (AP Jonathan Katz) Local politicians including a powerful senator and the mayor of Mirebalais are pointing the finger at the Nepalese peacekeeping base, which is perched above a source of the Meille River, a tributary to the Artibonite River on Haiti's central plateau. The Artibonite River has been the source of most infections, which remain concentrated in the rural area surrounding it — mostly down river from the mouth of the Meille.
  • November 19, 2010 UN worries its troops caused cholera in Haiti Mullet ignored Haitians even Powerful Senators
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  • All Available Evidence Points to the Nepalese as source of cholera

The Case:
The UN Refuses to Take Responsibility for infecting Haiti with the bacteria. The International media goes along with MINUSTAH despite mounting evidence. Haitians are portrayed as violent protests are called riots, Legitimate accusations are called suspicious, and their issues in their own country are ignored by MINUSTAH. And yet again, no one is held accountable. "...Haitians die without reasons and without consequences. This is how the story went.

The Nepalese base is located in the village of Meille; After a summer of cholera outbreaks A new deployment of troops was sent to Haiti in 3 groups: 1st Oct 9th; 2nd Oct 12th; 3rd Oct. 16th.  Nepalese sewage was videotaped running into the Artibonite river;  Cholera is endemic in Nepal; Residents complained that the Nepalese  troops sewage was flowing into the Artibonite River and leaving a stench in the air. A few days later, people started dying.  Mayor of Mirebabais: Lochard, the mayor, said he had told Nepalese officers not to place the landfill sites in that location but never received feedback from peacekeeping headquarters in Port-au-Prince.; AP Jonathan Katz reported that the Lab under contract with MINUSTAH since 2004 and it is not equipped to test for cholera. Mulet and Pugliese claimed the troops did not have cholera but later admitted they did not test the soldiers. They should have been tested immediately because 75 percent of people infected with cholera have no symptoms but can spread it for two weeks;  the Artibonite River is the region's primary source of water.

October 22nd the Ministry of Health Alex Larsen, said thedisease was imported;
In March US CDC determined cholera extremely unlikely in Haiti because the bacteria was not in Haiti; head of the world Health Organization's (WHO) task force to control cholera Claire-Lise Chaignat Haiti had not had a case of cholera since they began record keeping in the mid-20th century (there was no cholera in Haiti); From the beginning suspected Artibonite river was the source; cholera outbreak began in Central Haiti Mirebalais region which was unaffected by earthquake, away from ports and most foreigners;  October 28th US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Eric Mintz tells AP reporter Katz that the cholera strain matched the strain from South Asia.  The Nepalese troops practiced poor sanitation with complete lack of respect for Haitians allowing their sewage to flow into the Artibonite River, residents water source.

 Experts agree with Haitians

  • November 17, 2010 Swedish diplomat US official confirms cholera outbreak in Haiti started with UN troops
  • December 7, 2010 French Epidemiologist Renaud Piarroux Haiti cholera likely from UN troops, expert says
  • Cholera expert and chairman of Harvard University's microbiology department John Mekalanos
  • Harvard researcher Dr. Matthew Waldor
Studies

That indicates that cholera was introduced by people, rather than arriving through ocean currents or arising within Haiti, as has been suggested, said Harvard researcher Dr. Matthew Waldor.

MINUSTAH's Denials and Excuses vs. Haiti October 26:
released statement claimed the Nepalese contingents followed sanitation procedures
MINUSTAH AP U.N. officials, with no investigation or evidence, rejected any idea the base was involved, saying its sanitation was air-tight. MINUSTAH . . . uses seven septic tanks. . .  It is doubtful the UN even visited the Nepalese base considering how horrid it was.
 Haiti:  MINUSTAH gets caught on videotape. Al Jazeera visits Nepalese base and videotapes what is clearly sewage spurting out of a pipe from the latrine and running into the Artibonite river.

October 27, 2010 AlJazeeraEnglish Residents and the Mayor of Mirebalias had complained of the poor sanitation at the base but the UN did not respond. Al Jazeera verified the claims with video footage of sewage flowing into the Artibonite River from pipes coming from latrines according to soldier. Althought the UN claimed the pipes were coming from the bases Kitchen (obviously not true, see video). "The Nepalese UN mission in Haiti could be the source of the cholera deadly outbreak there. Al Jazeera's Sebastian Walker reports from Haiti." UN investigates cholera spread in Haiti

The U.N. issued a statement on Tuesday defending the base. It said the Nepalese unit there uses seven sealed septic tanks built to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards, emptied every week by a private company to a landfill site a safe 820 feet (250 meters) from the river.

But those are not the conditions AP found on Wednesday.

A buried septic tank inside the fence was overflowing and the stench of excrement wafted in the air. Broken pipes jutting out from the back spewed liquid. One, positioned directly behind latrines, poured out a reeking black flow from frayed plastic pipe which dribbled down to the river where people were bathing.


MINUSTAH's Denials and Excuses vs. Haiti
On October 27, 2010 US Center for Disease Control (CDC) epidemiologist Eric Mintz told AP cholera was imported

Nigel Fisher, chief of the U.N. humanitarian mission in Haiti

spokesman Vincenzo Pugliese confirmed

After protests, in November, Mulet admits it is important to know source but doubtful that it would be found.U.N. troops hurt, attacked by Haitians blaming foreigners for cholera epidemic"I listen to the radio every day, and there is a lot of discussion about the source of the outbreak," said U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Kenneth Merten. "It is my understanding the science is not definitive." He added that the Haitian government has stressed that placing blame for a communicable disease is not what is important now.Nigel Fisher, chief of the U.N. humanitarian mission in Haiti, who stressed that the source would probably never be known.


October 27th MINUSTAH: Nigel Fisher and Pugliese claimed the water had been tested and confirmed negative by national laboratory; And strongly stated the Nepalese troops were not the source. Haiti: Misleading because 75% of those exposed do not show symptoms but can pass on the disease for two weeks and the Nepalese troops were NOT tested.  AP's Jonathan Katz reported after a summer of cholera outbreaks in Nepal a new group of soldiers were sent in three shifts one on October 9; second on October 12; and third on October 16th. Exactly at the time of the cholera outbreak. Immediate testing would have been ideal. And there is a conflict with the testing labortory AP  AP Katz The Lab under contract with MINUSTAH since 2004 and it is not equipped to test for cholera.
MINUSTAH: "Pugliese denied that the reeking black flows from the base were human waste, saying that the only liquid investigators was testing came from kitchens and showers." (soldier told Al Jazeera reporter pipes were from toilets. See video); Pugliese said pipes were only exposed for testing. Haiti:  Not from the kitchen Octoberf 27th Al Jazeera reports asks soldier if the leaking pipes were coming from latrines, if there were toilets in the building. The soldier said yes.
MINUSTAH: After protests Mulet November 19th admits it is important to know source but doubtful that it would be found.U.N. troops hurt, attacked by Haitians blaming foreigners for cholera epidemic "I listen to the radio every day, and there is a lot of discussion about the source of the outbreak," said U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Kenneth Merten. "It is my understanding the science is not definitive." He added that the Haitian government has stressed that placing blame for a communicable disease is not what is important now.Nigel Fisher, chief of the U.N. humanitarian mission in Haiti, who stressed that the source would probably never be known. Haiti: But leading experts on cholera and medicine consulted by The Associated Press challenged that position, saying it is both possible and necessary to track the source to prevent future deaths. "That sounds like politics to me, not science," Dr. Paul Farmer, a U.N. deputy special envoy to Haiti..."  John Mekalanos, a cholera expert and chairman of Harvard University's microbiology department, said it is important to know exactly where and how the disease emerged
MINUSTAH:"The bottom line is we may never know,"  Dowell said. The WHO has repeatedly said the same; The World Health Organization said the question was simply "not a priority." UN, CDC, WHO repeatedly report not important or the answer will probably never be found. Haiti: But leading experts on cholera and medicine consulted by The Associated Press challenged that position, saying it is both possible and necessary to track the source to prevent future deaths. "That sounds like politics to me, not science," Dr. Paul Farmer, a U.N. deputy special envoy to Haiti..."  John Mekalanos, a cholera expert and chairman of Harvard University's microbiology department, said it is important to know exactly where and how the disease emerged
MINUSTAH: Haitians called paranoid and foreigners accused of playing the blame game Haiti:Epidemiologist Renaud Piarroux Haiti cholera likely from UN troops No other hypothesis could be found to explain the outbreak of a cholera epidemic in this village...
Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
UN envoy Edmond Mulet  "It was such a minor thing, like we have every day," Mulet said. "We didn't know this was going to be an epidemic." As of January 21st 4000 deaths and 250,000 infected by a disease that had been absent from Haiti for decades. October 28th AP  Tensions grew as MINUSTAH  continued to brush off Haitians well-founded allegations.
MINUSTAH: "One thing I can assure you: There has been no cover up — there has been no cover up from our side — and we have done everything we can to investigate," Mulet said Piarroux... But he also hinted strongly at a cover-up. AP the U.N. opened the compound to the AP.  The Nepalese soldiers acknowledged, after repeated questions and revised statements, that the base had undergone an extensive clean-up and that they had replaced the broken pipe.
MINUSTAH UN Officials blame Haitian politicians; Officials suspect the protests may be politically motivated to prevent the Nov. 28 elections. "If the U.N. had said from the beginning, 'We're going to look into this' ... I think that, in fact, would have been the best way in reducing public anger," said Brian Concannon, director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. "The way to contribute to public anger is to lie."The CDC has said the strain of cholera in Haiti matches one found most prevalently in South Asia. And “All Elements of Society Are Participating” – Impressions of Cap Haitien’s Movement Against the UN
December 3rd  Haiti cholera epidemic 'getting worse by the day'
UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon says that the World Health Organization and the Pan-American Health Organization now estimate that the cholera epidemic in Haiti could affect as many as 650,000 people over the next six months.
As of December 3, 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continues to claim it is nearly impossible to determine source of cholera. We may never be able to fully answer these complex, difficult questions, but they deserve our best efforts.

And finally in December 15th AP UN calls for probe into origin of Haiti cholera; although UN is choosing investigators and the UN had to admit to AP reporter Jonathan Katz that they cleaned the Nepalese base and replaced pipes the pipes and it is past the two weeks when testing soldiers could have revealed one of them as the source. The UN is allowing an investigation after they destroyed the evidence.

And Now "There is no objective direct link you can make between the soldiers and the outbreak," Pugliese said.

January 14th, 2011 CNN interview with Mulet: he says investigation will take two months. Process is taking time because they are doing the planning to build back better. Mulet said Haiti are better off now than before EQ &investigating source.He said waste of time

And still

International press pound the image of Haitians being violent Haiti Cholera Death Toll Soars Past 3000

Experts say the outbreak was likely sparked by a human source from outside the region and the United Nations has promised a thorough investigation into the origin of the epidemic.

Angry mobs in the deeply superstitious nation have stoned or hacked to death at least 45 people - most of them voodoo priests - accusing them of spreading the water-borne bacterial infection.

Insult to Injury: Underfunded Cholera effort


OCHA says that cholera prevention efforts in schools have been delayed due to lack of adequate funding. Recalling that the international community's response to the appeal for emergency funds launched by the UN, November 12, 2010, amounting to 164 million dollars [since increased to 174 million] to help contain the epidemic has been inadequate. Only $ 44 million (25%) have been received so far.
Haiti - Minustah : Budget 2010-2011, $865 MM !
While, that the appeal for emergency funds of $164 million, launched on November 12 by the United Nations (UN) near its member countries to fight against the cholera epidemic in Haiti, has so far collected $ 32.9 million (20.06%) , the Secretary General of the United Nations does not seem to have the same difficulties to obtaining over $865 MM for the operating budget of Minustah in Haiti...
Harsh Words for Haiti Aid Industry from Doctors Without Borders MSF deserves credit for speaking out and the work they have done treating cholera. They will definitely be on fundraising list!
It is against this backdrop that many non-governmental agencies have launched fundraising appeals, even while their post-earthquake coffers remain filled. The UN's Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has repeatedly claimed that underfunding of its $174m cholera appeal, launched primarily to benefit private groups, is hampering the response – despite the fact that Haiti is the top-funded UN appeal for 2010. As nearly a million Haitians remain homeless in the face of a full-blown public health emergency, arguments that existing funds are tied up in longer-term programmes ring hollow.

Insult to Injury: Underfunded Cholera effort

Distribuitng treated water helps slow down/prevent spread?

January 12th, 2010 some NGOs stop distributing needed waterHaiti One Year Later: Light at the End of the Tunnel or Oncoming Train? Mark Schuller
Water is a more serious concern: donors have cut off emergency water rations at the end of 2010 in at least four camps studied. The last water distribution for Cité Soleil camps Tapis Vert (20,000 people) and Camp Nielo (763 people) was December 31. "This doesn't make sense. We're in a crisis!" said a WASH cluster employee. "To turn the spigot off while we're in the middle of a cholera epidemic is tantamount to genocide."
Law in the Time of Cholera: Violations of the Right to Water in Haiti
For cholera, a disease that is water borne and kills by dehydration, access to clean water is imperative to both prevention and treatment. Despite this, the cholera response has not led to significant improvements in access to clean water....

The international community of donor countries and humanitarian agencies share the responsibility. Follow ing the January 12 earthquake, they assumed a duty when they requested and received billions of dollars to meet the needs of the displaced. Rather than supporting the capacity of the government to build sanitation facilities and water systems, the money went directly to NGOs who adopted the responsibility for water provi sion in the camps....

Human rights law mandates that every person must have a supply of water that is sufficient and continuous for personal and domestic uses. Yet when it comes to water availability, Camp Kasim is still among the “lucky.” Over 40 percent of IDP camps surveyed in October did not have any water supply at all.

Drinking dirty water is not the result of a lack of education but a lack of alternatives; 39 percent of respondents in a study conducted by the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) in July reported that they drank from tanks and cisterns even though they feared it was contaminated because they have no other options.

The Final Insult

On October 14, a 2O year old man became ill with an unknown intestinal disease: The villagers told MINUSTAH authorities that the Nepalese base had sewage spurting out of a pipe and running into the Artibonite River which is the regions primary source of water. Nobody listened to them.  Just a few days after the villagers started dying.

On October 21st test results confirmed the illness was cholera. The villagers told the authorities that the Nepalese troops were the source of the cholera. Nobody listened. The International Press mocked the villagers and disrespected their religion. Nobody cared.

As of January 30th 4,030 Haitians have died from cholera. The UN and NGOs efforts to stop cholera are underfunded, while they have millions of dollars, collected in Haitians' names, sitting in their bank accounts while Haitians die.

The International Community has no regard for Haitians' lives. When they warn us, we do not hear. When they die the US (policy makers)  and IC do not mourn.

Originally posted to allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 04:01 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

    by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 04:01:51 PM PST

    •  A contaminated vaccine here.... (5+ / 0-)

      a little bit of treated water there
      and before you know it
      an outbreak in the make
      lots of lives on the take

      •  That does some it up (5+ / 0-)

        Sad but true.  Haiti is a perfect example of what the Republicans and some "moderate" dems want for us too.

        "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

        by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 04:36:36 PM PST

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        •  While I agree that it's being done... (3+ / 0-)
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          I don't actually think that either republicans or democrats are responsible. The hidden group though probably has a huge hand in this. The political parties are just for show. At the end of the day both political party fall in line with the banksters and corporatocracy which pretty much run the world.

          Here's an interesting site.... to just expand awareness.

          Here is an interesting interview on vaccine contamination.

          •  I don't get the (5+ / 0-)

            vaccine contamination. I think I misunderstood. I will look at the site. But I think the Dems and Rep are part of it but the CIA and their backers are huge too. Haiti is complicated and a lot of people were and are committed to making it fail.

            "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

            by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 05:01:26 PM PST

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            •  LOL. Haiti has always been complicated. (4+ / 0-)
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              For as long as I remember there has been suffering in Haiti. We're talking about the same people. They've infiltrated both parties, that's why I don't think it's a party thing. More like an elite group of beings vs. the rest us.

              •  I agree. Bill Clinton is one of the worst! (4+ / 0-)
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                As I've learned about Haiti, I've come to despise him.

                "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

                by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 05:38:22 PM PST

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                •  Clinton followed the program just... (3+ / 0-)
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                  like Obama and Bush and the other Bush. I actually don't think that we've had a president who represented the interest of the people since Kennedy.

                  •  That is what is so inspiring about Haitians (3+ / 0-)
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                    They elected Aristide 2 and no matter how hard capitalist try to scam them they are not going for it.

                    Unlike us who basically go with the program. I wrote a weird diary on this. What if we could vote for meteor Blades for president.  We stick to the 2 they lay on the chest board keep within the parameters.

                    "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

                    by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 05:55:38 PM PST

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                    •  Meteor Blades for president. Heh. (3+ / 0-)
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                      We do go with the program don't we? People are waking up though. Just look at Egypt. We just have to reach that point. The point of: I'm not taking this shit anymore. The point of rage. Some suggest taking our money out the banks.

                      Me...I just think that we should turn of the TVs and start a community garden. Can you imagine if EVERYBODY in the country did this?

                      Talk about change. LOL

                      •  That is a great idea (3+ / 0-)
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                        And there are small groups but a huge part of what the elite do is divide us. If we united with the Egyptians and Haitians poor around the world even with their nukes they would have a chance.

                        "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

                        by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 06:16:04 PM PST

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                        •  Absolutely. We are so divided that you (3+ / 0-)
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                          may as well call us conquered. They've been very effective though.

                          Humanity has been divided on...

                          Language
                          Religion
                          Race
                          Politics
                          Class
                          Education
                          Science

                          Hell, even our minds are divided, if you think about it....

                          Eat this, not that
                          Killing is patriotic, Killing is bad
                          Science is good, religion is bad
                          Religion is good, science is wrong

                          The inner conflicts are endless.

                          Humanity is very very fucked up. And systems have been in place for years to keep us that way. Otherwise, there would not be so many wars. We should have been in space a long time ago. We are deliberately kept divided and conquered.

                          •  Interesting list! I hadn't thought of that but (3+ / 0-)
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                            you are right.

                            Now i am thinking about it. I typed a bunch of stuff keep deleting. Interesting point about our inner struggle.

                            "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

                            by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 06:43:02 PM PST

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                          •  The thing is to become aware of it. (2+ / 0-)
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                            And to understand that a bigger game is being played and that we are essentially pawns until humanity on a whole decides enough is enough and stop it.

                            I've been reading a lot lately and watching some of the whistleblower interviews on the site linked above. Though you cannot believe everything in all the interviews, if you watch enough of them, a picture of sorts start to emerge and the true nature of the reality we are dealing with begin to take a loose focus. It's impossible to know anything but your awareness will increase enough to the point where you begin to understand that we're fight the wrong wars.  We're yelling and screaming at the politicians for change and they're even in charge.

                            So the whole thing becomes a joke. Until true awareness of who is actually in charge (ie the banksters & corporate criminals) come to the fore, we are wasting our time. Now you will have some idiots coming around yelling that this is all CT, but the funny thing is that even JFK was aware of this group. This is an audio him a few months before he was killed asking the press at the time to help him expose this group.

                            The things that he describes in this speech is the reality we now live in.

                          •  Thanks for the video (1+ / 0-)
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                            I think rove

                            (p23)  Ron Suskind, New York Times, October 17, 2004, recounting a comment by Karl Rove:

                            We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality - judiciously, as you will - we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort f out. We're history's actors... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.

                            I think they are winning.

                            "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

                            by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 07:28:38 PM PST

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                          •  Exactly! They're "free masons".... (2+ / 0-)
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                            They're creating reality around us, for us. That quote has always haunted me as well. I've just lately started to understand what that really means. And it means that we are not free, we only think we are. Humans on this planet at this point in time are essentially slaves to the whims of the elite few who rule the world through, monetary, religious, political and entertainment means.

                          •  There was an article (1+ / 0-)
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                            I wish I could find it but it was about who if either was right orwell or the guy that wrote brave new world the truth is both. That is one reason I am drawn to Haiti. They aren't going for it.

                            We also have "democracy building programs" where they brian wash people.

                            This is from A diary I did on Damming the Flood
                            http://www.dailykos.com/...

                            One of IFES' main programs, during Aristide's second term, was the "Civil Society Strengthening Project for Judicial Independence and Justice."  They had a starting budget of $3.5 million.  "Its original purpose was to 'advocate for the independence of judges from the executive branch via the formation of a range of coalitions from various societal institutions." (p93) IFES held meetings and seminars where they "sensitized" influential civil society members and groups.  Many prominent figures went to the events. IFES was able to infiltrate the Haitian government and start the disinformation campaign within President Aristide's own government.  

                            (from a report by Miami University's Law School) (p93):

                            "The premise of IFES' justice program was that President Aristide 'controlled everything' and therefore controlled the judges in Haiti in contravention of the constitutional separation of powers.  Because the judicial system was corrupt, so went the premise, Aristide must be the most corrupt.  IFES initially undertook to form a network of organizations that could concentrate opposition to the perceived corruption of the judiciary by the Aristide government.  IFES formed new associations and established relationships with existing ones, making them more cohesive with a formally planned program of "sensitization" - what the administrators called "opening their eyes" to IFES' viewpoint that Aristide was corrupting the justice system.  Through various programs-that included catered meals, accommodations, entertainment,  and payment of a cash "per diem" - IFES "sensitized" attendees to the problems with the justice system under Aristide and insisted that they act as a united group for greatest effect."

                            "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

                            by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 07:55:55 PM PST

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                          •  Ya. Not falling in line will generally... (2+ / 0-)
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                            get you killed or ridiculed. Hopefully Haiti, Egypt, Tunisia and other countries can develop the leadership that the want. Unfortunately, groups with the alphabet agencies tend to go in and do their divide/conquer strategies of turning one group against the other if there is resistance to the elite overall plans.

                            We shall see. I generally think that humanity is waking up. Just increased awareness may alter some paths for the better, I hope.

        •  oops. I didn't udnerstand (3+ / 0-)
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          that it was metaphor for the dirty water. I will look at the website.

          "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

          by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 05:05:37 PM PST

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      •  what do you (4+ / 0-)

        mean by a contaminated vaccine?

        This space reserved for something funny or profound...stay tuned.

        by parryander on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 04:53:11 PM PST

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    •  Put this on the recommend list, kossacks! (5+ / 0-)

      Corporations have been enthroned and an ERA of corruption in high places will follow -- Lincoln. -9.38, -5.18

      by Nulwee on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 04:41:51 PM PST

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  •  After Haiti agrees Hillary (4+ / 0-)
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    BBC News - Hillary Clinton: Haiti aid will not be suspended-She says this AFTER Celestin the candidate that the OAS/US insisted not participate dropped out.

    "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

    by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 04:38:05 PM PST

  •  A Resilient and Courageous People (4+ / 0-)

    ...dying in the most arbitrary ways possible.

    Corporations have been enthroned and an ERA of corruption in high places will follow -- Lincoln. -9.38, -5.18

    by Nulwee on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 04:43:34 PM PST

  •  Of course, some of the first video reporting (3+ / 0-)
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    ...that pops up for a "Haiti cholera" search is Al Jazeera, and not NBC or CBS.

    Corporations have been enthroned and an ERA of corruption in high places will follow -- Lincoln. -9.38, -5.18

    by Nulwee on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 04:48:40 PM PST

    •  I am grateful for Al Jazeera (4+ / 0-)
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      I wonder if NBC would have broadcast the video of the Nepalese base? Sometime Jonathan Katz the AP reporter does a good job others he goes along with talking points.
      It is so sad.

      "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

      by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 04:51:20 PM PST

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      •  Al Jazeera is an excellent source of (3+ / 0-)
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        news that is not tainted by the perspective of advanced capitalist countries; they have done a fantastic job trying to get all sides the opportunities to get their perspectives across. They are good investigative journalists and are practicing journalism that has been abandoned by much of the media of the advanced capitalist world.

        No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable (Adam Smith, 1776, I, p. 96).

        by NY brit expat on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 04:55:10 PM PST

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  •  Allie, you have written an excellent (5+ / 0-)
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    well-researched and documented diary. It is truly excellent and certainly belongs on the rec list. I have tipped, shared and recommended it. Simply a wonderful job.

    One cannot wonder that if re-building and sewage and water repairs were immediately undertaken that this additional atrocity being visited on the people of Haiti would not have occurred.

    How could UN soldiers be sent to a place suffering from the devastation of an earthquake that had not been checked for diseases that could be spread by their presence? This is outrageous and to add insult to egregious injury, the UN denies it and prevents investigation ...

    I am looking forward to your diaries on Minustah and on the NGOs in Haiti.

    No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable (Adam Smith, 1776, I, p. 96).

    by NY brit expat on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 04:52:56 PM PST

    •  It is like a never ending story (4+ / 0-)
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      If MINUSTAH put down the guns and started helping build, like the diplomat said they treat Haiti like its Iraq

      "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

      by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 04:55:35 PM PST

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      •  sorry I couldn't help you on this one ... (4+ / 0-)
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        the timing and my health just simply didn't allow for it. I promise I will help you on the rest. I'll go in earlier rather than wait for you to finish and at least I can help then.

        No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable (Adam Smith, 1776, I, p. 96).

        by NY brit expat on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 04:57:51 PM PST

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        •  You made time and I wasn't done (3+ / 0-)
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          please don't apologize! I am so grateful for all your help and my daughter likes to help me too. So it worked out perfect. Please don't ever feel bad about it and always take care of your self. Sorry for my half or a comment.

          "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

          by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 05:03:51 PM PST

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          •  I promise I will be there the next time ... for (3+ / 0-)
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            some reason, everything went wrong. don't apologise, you did a wonderful job, I feel like I let you down and I am sorry.

            No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable (Adam Smith, 1776, I, p. 96).

            by NY brit expat on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 05:06:56 PM PST

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            •  Not at all really (3+ / 0-)
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              I appreciate all your help and you offered this time. Don't feel bad my daughter really does like to help and it is good for us.
              RunawayRose and I are going to start Travesty in Haiti so there will be plenty of opportunity:-)

              For this diary the work cam in collecting the information and organizing it and stopping. It could have went on forever:-)

              "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

              by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 05:18:32 PM PST

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  •  A stunning diary ... (5+ / 0-)

    Thank you. Just to sum up: the UN brings in cholera where cholera hasn't existed for years; when local authorities complain about deaths, the UN refuses help, denies its role, and blames the victims. And four thousand die. Sickening.

    My husband and I (both retired) donated more to the Clinton fund than we've ever given to any other charity, so stricken were we by what happened to the Haitians. What does Bill have to say about this? How can he possibly justify what his foundation has (not) done here?

    BTW - required reading for all who are appalled by what has happened in Haiti: Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder.

    •  Bill said he is (3+ / 0-)
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      focusing on the business class the elite. It is disgusting. I don't know if you can get your money back but if it was for Haiti I would try and get it back.
      http://www.nydailynews.com/...
      F

      or example, the Clinton-Bush Haiti fund, inaugurated by President Obama with both former Presidents at his side, is still running Web advertisements that say "100% of donations go directly to relief efforts." That's a cruel lie, considering the quake victims living in flood zones under withered plastic tarps. Only 8% of its $50 million had been spent by this summer, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

      According to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, that number has now risen to 11%, and they have dispersed $6 million, while 37% of the funds have been committed to groups on the ground but not yet spent

      .

      I like ijdh  and herf are good to donate too.

      "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

      by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 05:12:52 PM PST

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  •  well done (4+ / 0-)

    an excellent history of the events!

    But - I do have a couple of comments:

    The killings of the voudon practitioners were, I believe, somewhat driven by evangelical beliefs. I know I need a reference for that, but I have read that...

    As far as NGOs not responding - yes, many were not on the ball. True. But many were and are scrambling to contain, treat, and educate. Thousands of volunteers have been working to get this under control. And they are working very closely in collaboration with the Haitian government and local community leaders.

    It's been a pretty horrible process to watch unfold.

    This space reserved for something funny or profound...stay tuned.

    by parryander on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 05:10:17 PM PST

    •  I am sorry I meant to include that many (5+ / 0-)

      NGOs do amazing work. I had it in here but have changed it so many times. I will add it back after I rest, sorry.

      It has been horrible to watch. I am learning stuff I don't want to know.

      Thanks for your work.

      "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

      by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 05:15:00 PM PST

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      •  Later, can you also direct us ... (4+ / 0-)

        to those NGOs that are truly helping? I doubt I'll try to get my money back from the Clinton-Bush Fund, but if I could give again, and know it was being used for what it is meant to be used, I would do so in a heartbeat.

        •  Thanks. And thanks for (3+ / 0-)
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          donating. I donated to some of the worst NGOs before I learned about it.

          I donate to IJDH I've met them at a sit in and just feel really good about donating to them.

          These are the one I like. I post these diaries so I have a list. sorry it is kind of big. Thanks for caring about Haiti and doing something about it.

          The Aristide Foundation for Democracy (AFD) was created in 1996 by former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (the first democratically elected president of Haiti) with a simple principle in mind: "The promise of democracy can only be fulfilled if all sectors of Haitian society are able to actively participate in the democratic life of the nation."

          Doctor Without Borders MSF are treating 80% of Haiti's cholera patients. MSF is pushing other NGOs to step up efforts in containing the epidemic.

          Cholera In Haiti: MSF Calling On All Actors To Step Up Response

          While Cholera Spreads, Slow Deployment of Relief is Major Concern

          Haiti Emergency Relief Foundation (HERF):

          Haiti’s grassroots movement – including labor unions, women’s groups, educators and human rights activists, support committees for political prisoners, and agricultural cooperatives – are funneling needed aid to those most hit by the earthquake. They are doing what they can – with the most limited of funds – to make a difference. Please take this chance to lend them your support. All donations to the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund will be forwarded to our partners on the ground to help them rebuild what has been destroyed.

          Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti:

          Mission

          We strive to work with the people of Haiti in their non-violent struggle for the consolidation of constitutional democracy, jus tice and human rights, by distributing objective and accurate information on human rights conditions in Haiti, pursuing legal cases, and cooperating with human rights and solidarity groups in Haiti and abroad.
          IJDH draws on its founders’ internationally-acclaimed success accompanying Haiti’s poor majority in the fields of law, medicine and social justice activism. We seek the restoration of the rule of law and democracy in the short term, and work for the long-term sustainable change necessary to avert Haiti’s next crisis.

          "IJDH is simply the most reliable source for information and analysis on human rights in

          Haiti." — Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)

          Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti:

          Partners in Health (****/A+) has now started a BLOG about its efforts called Stand with Haiti. It has very useful information. Partners in Health is also putting out a call for health volunteers, in case you are a medical professional who can help out that way.
          PIH 6 month report! And website with slide show, Six months have now passed since a devastating earthquake ripped through Haiti.

          "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

          by allie123 on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 05:48:50 PM PST

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      •  I follow (4+ / 0-)

        the emails from the HEAS. The work on the ground has actually been pretty humbling. Helicopter flights of supplies, connecting volunteers with locations needing help, assessing regions - often on foot - and the WASH cluster has been stellar in many efforts. This has been a very difficult disease to get a handle on, there are cultural issues that need to be challenged (handling and washing of the dead, for example), there is the fact that the country is very densely populated and nearly everyone shares water sources, and the fact that many people travel long distances before any symptoms begin to emerge.

        It should also be noted that customs is still backed up and causing major delays in getting many supplies through.

        This space reserved for something funny or profound...stay tuned.

        by parryander on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 05:23:49 PM PST

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    •  I forgot to mention the voudo (1+ / 0-)
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      story was Christians killing them-but look at the headlines? Imo it connects the killing with the suppressions of voudo instead of those of Christians.

      "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

      by allie123 on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 08:05:38 AM PST

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      •  it's not a (1+ / 0-)
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        proven allegation, but pretty likely. With all the additional bodies there these days, evangelism is really pushing hard there. Just check out the Billy Graham Crusade/Samaritan's Purse.

        This space reserved for something funny or profound...stay tuned.

        by parryander on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 05:01:18 PM PST

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  •  Thank you for this well-researched piece (7+ / 0-)

    It's very clear that we owe the Haitians more respect than we have given, and that they're dying needlessly.

    I'm glad you took the time to put it all together in so much detail.

  •  An excellent diary allie and (3+ / 0-)
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    I am truly grateful that you continue to be passionate about Haiti.  I'm still looking forward to meeting you.  

    We need to teach people that the environment has a direct bearing on our own benefit. Dalai Lama

    by maggiejean on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 07:01:05 PM PST

  •  thank u, allie, + editor daughter! (2+ / 0-)
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    People are not toys.
    Haiti has endured enough vengeance for merely wanting to live free.
    The culture has as much value and virtue as any other.
    'tantamount to genocide'

    Support The Conscience Of Information.

    by renzo capetti on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 07:29:37 PM PST

  •  Haiti News Update: Wow Aristide can return? (0+ / 0-)
    • Repression and Poverty Underpin the Uprising in Egypt @democracynow
    • "In Egypt, from 2004 until the present, the government and its reforms were applauded in Washington by World Bank, the IMF and U.S. officials," Shehata says. "But what all of that masked was what was going on at the level of real people and ordinary lives." [includes rush transcript]

    • Aristide can have new passport, Haiti says
    • "It is my understanding that the Council of Ministers has agreed to issue a diplomatic passport to president Aristide befitting his position as a former president of the republic," his lawyer Ira Kurzban told AFP.
      "I kindly request that the government of the Republic of Haiti initiate dialogue with the government of the Republic of South Africa to ensure President Aristide's immediate return."

    "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

    by allie123 on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 01:57:31 PM PST

  •  Haiti News Update: (0+ / 0-)

    "IJDH provides the tools for people who care about Haiti to make a real difference on the ground."-- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton

    by allie123 on Mon Jan 31, 2011 at 03:05:47 PM PST

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